This 'How to' part of the course is divided up into 7 parts. We suggest going through them in the proposed scrolling order. All of the material referred to in the videos will be available in the 'Other Resources' section
History - why asset backed model?
The way in which GE has been implementing community currency projects throughout Kenya over the past 8+ years has been continually changing. It has been a experimental and methodical process of learning what works for the specific circumstances of each community.
Before hearing about this process in the following video take a some time to think about how would you set up a community currency that is easily accepted by people and that can have sustainable and increasing impacts over time. What would be the key variables to achieve this?
The paper currency model - flow diagram
Planning Overview - LogFrame
A logical framework or logframe is an analytical tool used to plan, monitor and evaluate projects. It is made up of a matrix that provides an overview of a project's goal, activities and anticipated results. This is a very simple structure that helps you identify the components of your project, the activities that need to be done and how are they related to each other.
For more resources visit our GitHub (with example LogFrame)
The following video explains how the current model of paper community currency is broken up into different phases and what activities constitute each one. Bare in mind that appropriate planning is perhaps the most important thing for a successful project.
Being able to evaluate and monitor the impact of your project on the community you will be working with is crucial.
For all of our data collection we are currently using ODK. This is an open source software that allows to collect information through a mobile app. To learn more about it click here
Budget / Roles
Budgets are clearly variable and depend a lot on where you are planning to create a currency and what resources you have available. In the following video you'll find a brief example of what a budget for a project, broken down into each of the phases we learned about earlier, could look like. Thinking about roles and the amount of people needed to plan and carry out a program is also very important - this of course will also vary upon your budget.
What not to do
All of the years of experience through our work in Kenya have made us learn a lot, especially on what could be done differently.
There's a lot that can be done with paper currencies. However, digital systems open up a whole other world of exciting possibilities. We are currently working on a very exciting digital project and would love to share all about it with you when it's up and running. For now take a look at the following video as an overview of what's possible.